Install Stellarium planetarium softwarevia PPA in Ubuntu 13.10

September 29, 2013 — Leave a comment

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This tutorial is going to show you how to install Stellarium in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander via PPA.

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.

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  • default catalogue of over 600,000 stars
  • extra catalogues with more than 210 million stars
  • asterisms and illustrations of the constellations
  • constellations for 15 different cultures
  • images of nebulae (full Messier catalogue)
  • realistic Milky Way
  • very realistic atmosphere, sunrise and sunset
  • the planets and their satellites


  • a powerful zoom
  • time control
  • multilingual interface
  • fisheye projection for planetarium domes
  • spheric mirror projection for your own low-cost dome
  • all new graphical interface and extensive keyboard control
  • telescope control


  • equatorial and azimuthal grids
  • star twinkling
  • shooting stars
  • eclipse simulation
  • supernovae simulation
  • skinnable landscapes, now with spheric panorama projection


  • plugin system adding artifical satellites, ocular simulation, telescope configuration and more
  • ability to add new solar system objects from online resources
  • add your own deep sky objects, landscapes, constellation images, scripts…

The latest release 0.12.4 fixed:

  • crash Stellarium 0.12.3 (Ocular)
  • Render nighttime landscapes without lighting

To install Stellarium in Ubuntu, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard. When it opens, run below commands one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stellarium/stellarium-releases

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install stellarium

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